Go-ahead for £85m gasification plant

Published Monday, 06 January 2014
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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning permission for an £85m Energy from Waste (EfW) gasification plant which will allow Bombardier Aerospace to generate its own electricity.

Go-ahead for £85m gasification plant
The plant will generate power for Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast. (© Bombardier Aerospace)

The proposal aims to secure more competitive and sustainable energy for Bombardier and help ensure it continues to operate successfully in global markets.

The site, adjacent to the Bombardier wing facility within the Belfast Harbour Estate, will convert 120,000 tonnes of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) comprising non recyclable fractions of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste per annum into electricity and heat.

This is through the gasification process which heats the waste to produce a synthetic gas fuel which in turn is used to produce steam which creates electricity.

The application is an Article 31 planning application, that is, one of such a large scale that the Minister makes the decision whether to approve or reject.

Mark H Durkan said: "This is good news for Bombardier's workforce of 6,000. The new plant will help Bombardier to reduce electricity costs, maintain its competiveness within international markets and safeguard employment.

"The facility will also provide a boost for the local economy creating up to 130 construction jobs in the short term and around 20 permanent skilled jobs once completed.

"While I am keen to increase the amount of waste which is recycled, there is still a need for facilities to deal with waste that is not recyclable."

He continued: "I recognise the need for Energy from Waste opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans. This facility will draw value from waste which cannot be recycled, preventing it going to landfill and instead will use it to generate energy.

"This proposal is a win for the environment and a win for the economy and achieves the right balance in planning terms.

"My aim as Environment Minister is to build a better environment and a stronger economy. This decision, an important boost for one of our leading businesses, will help do that."

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Frank Ford in Coleraine wrote (351 days ago):
The usual ignorant scaremongering tactics illustrated by Kevin & Alan in previous comments. Kevin / Alan - this is your waste we are talking about! Any alternative suggestions what we do with it other than give N Ireland a competitive advantage? And please do not come out with "recycle it". At least 30% of black bin waste has no other alternative but to be landfilled so why not use it as an energy (I do know what I am talking about when I make this statement before you ask!). This will go down as one of the greatest planning decisions in Northern Ireland's history - you read it here first! Frank
Anto in Belfast wrote (353 days ago):
Any coincidence of this announcement and the Xmas intake of brussel sprouts!!!
alan in belfast wrote (353 days ago):
These plants are a RISK TO HEALTH. there are many plants being sprung up, mostly aginst a public backlash. in Dumfries a company had theirs shut down by Scottish Environment protection agency, as they were breaching toxins levels that were being emmitted. make no mistake, in the docks there will now be a tall chimney billowing smoke out all day, and can be a factor in causing cancer
Kevin in Belfast wrote (353 days ago):
Gasification is simply incineration by another name. All manner of toxins are released into the air via this process & may well harm people living in the general vicinity. Terrible decision that the plant has been given the nod to progress.
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